Best & Worst of MLS
Much like in 1998, this year has seen a bigger disparity between the top and bottom teams due to expansion. A number of teams are on pace to be among the best and worst in the league's history.
Let's start out with the best teams, ranked by points per game:
Best MLS Teams
The 1996-99 teams are actually hurt by the shootout, or they would have a few more points. Only four of these teams actually won the MLS Cup. Now let's take a look at the leading teams from this season:
All of these teams would make the top ten at present. NE and DAL both are at 2 points per game, which has only been done twice before. It does appear unlikely that anybody will match the 1998 Galaxy pace, though.
Worst MLS Teams
Some mighty tough teams to beat here, although Chivas USA is trying:
Chivas is slightly better than the 1999 Metros, but they should finish better with the new players they're getting. In order to match it, they would have to only get 6 points from their final 13 games.
The last few years have been full of parity, thanks to contraction and the dispersal draft. Out of the twenty top and bottom teams in MLS history, only two are from the last three years. Of course, some of that has to do with having 12 teams instead of 10. But it definitely makes the league more interesting and exciting to watch; just witness RSL's upset win over LA earlier this year.